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ALBANY — The state is working to buy additional dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine from drugmaker Pfizer to ramp up New York’s supply, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, after the federal government’s exhausted stockpile remains low.

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ALBANY — The state needs more dosages of the COVID-19 vaccine after about 50,000 fewer doses were allocated to New York from the federal government this week, further hindering sluggish allocation to localities and distribution to 7.1 million eligible New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

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CATSKILL — Several local school districts have released information on student testing procedures and consent forms for parents.

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Three additional COVID deaths over the weekend were reported Thursday by the Greene County Public Health Department.

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HUDSON — Ten COVID-19 deaths in Greene County and one in Columbia County were reported this week in the Twin Counties amid a rising surge of positive virus cases.

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ALBANY — New Yorkers eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should prepare to wait several weeks when making an appointment on the state’s online reservation portal that will go live Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday, after calling on the state’s Congressional delegation to remove Presid…

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HUDSON — As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise, the Capital Region is seeking volunteers to help at upcoming COVID vaccination sites.

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With nine COVID-19 deaths reported in the last week and an 11.8% positivity rate, Greene County has the highest infection rate in the Capital Region and Columbia County has one of the lowest.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is renewing calls for a public health workforce that would initially be tasked with making sure COVID-19 vaccines are distributed efficiently.

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HUDSON — Dispersal of COVID vaccine doses began last month, but some nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have not yet received any.

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CATSKILL — There were four new COVID-19 deaths in the county, the Greene County Public Health Department reported Thursday.

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GREENPORT — Columbia-Greene Community College has announced it will delay the start of its spring semester by one week.

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ALBANY — A curtailed number of fans will be permitted to attend the first Buffalo Bills playoff game in January after testing negative for the novel coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, in a pilot to experiment using expansive COVID-19 testing and science-based guidelines to s…

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ALBANY — Officials changed New York’s required COVID-19 quarantine guidelines to 10 days Tuesday to be in compliance with new federal guidelines — a four-day reduction from the two-week standard set by health experts at the start of the pandemic last spring.

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a four-month ban on evictions and residential mortgage foreclosures into law Monday night, after both parties clashed in a rare December legislative session and denied multiple amendments posed by Republicans, to pass the measure as the coronavirus pandemic …

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HUDSON — Several local businesses are allowing employees to wear plastic face shields and health authorities say they might not be as safe as face masks in protecting against the novel coronavirus.

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ALBANY — State doctors, nurses and health care providers could be stripped of their medical licenses and face fines of up to $1 million, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared in an executive order Monday, after a downstate provider faces criminal charges for potentially fraudulently obtaining and admin…

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo pleaded with federal officials Wednesday to require travelers from the United Kingdom to test negative for the coronavirus before boarding a plane for the United States, demanding U.S. Health and Human Services Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevent…

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HUDSON — New York has begun to distribute COVID-19 vaccine doses, but it is unclear yet how inoculations will be handled in the Twin Counties.

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A slowdown in vaccine shipments in some U.S. states is not expected to impact New York, and federal officials cleared the state to administer a surprise of additional dosages of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday after medical officials noted each vial contains more of the immunization than an…

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Several districts in the Twin Counties have opted to go fully remote as they prepare for the possibility that the area may be labeled a microcluster.

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QUEENS — An intensive care nurse at Northwell Health was the first New Yorker, and one of the first people in the United States, to receive Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday morning.

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Houses of worship in the Twin Counties are gearing up for a very different holiday season this year as the community continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ALBANY — New Yorkers should anticipate significant tax increases to help raise state revenue and offset a crippling budget deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, after detailing how many doses the state’s 10 regions will receive of initial COVID-19 vacc…

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HUDSON — The Columbia County Department of Health announced a cluster of positive COVID cases at an undisclosed county business.

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NEW YORK — The state may limit indoor dining and set a threshold to shutter nonessential businesses in regions threatening to reach critical hospital capacity, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, before U.S. infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci weighed in on the state’s winter COVID-19 plan.

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U.S. Democratic leaders Wednesday came out in support of a bipartisan $908 billion COVID-19 relief package as federal powers prepare to transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration next month, but the scaled-back proposal troubles U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who said it inadequ…

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ALBANY — Nursing home residents and staff will be the first to receive New York’s initial shipment of 170,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine expected to arrive within two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday, as officials develop plans to increase New Yorkers’ confidence to receive the immun…

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ALBANY — States lack the proper funding and planning to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine to all Americans, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, before sending a letter to federal leaders demanding they bolster preparations to properly immunize minority and low-income communities.

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NEW YORK — New York could face a second shutdown as hospitals prepare to limit elective surgeries if COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations spike through the winter, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

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HUDSON — More than $40,000 in community donations has been contributed to support COVID testing in Columbia County.

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CATSKILL — The 14th annual Parade of Lights will go on this Friday despite the ongoing pandemic.

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CATSKILL — The Greene County Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative canceled its fourth and final public meeting Tuesday due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

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HUDSON — Local health departments, school administrators and public officials are urging everyone to stay safe this Thanksgiving amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett and Greene County Sheriff Pete Kusminsky joined a group of sheriffs across the state to speak against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 10-person limit on private gatherings.

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ATHENS — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., advocated in Greene County on Monday for an extension of federal aid to small businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, completing his annual 62-county state tour.

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Additional coronavirus microcluster zones expanded downstate Thursday, joining a growing list of areas across the state with stricter COVID-19 regulations to prevent significant community spread of the disease.

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HUDSON — More than 30% of all COVID cases in Columbia County have occurred in the past month.

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Increased coronavirus restrictions imposed in Western New York on Wednesday will aim to combat the region’s growing COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths, while controversial raises for state elected officials will be temporarily deferred as the pandemic continues.

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GERMANTOWN — Students in seventh through 12th grade in the Germantown Central School District will switch to remote learning until Nov. 30 after a positive COVID case.